"Fantastic urban fantasy"
She is known by many names; Slayer, vampire huntress and
Neturu come to mind and she is feared by the forces of
darkness who wants to destroy her before she reaches her
twenty-first birthday and comes into her full powers. She
is protected by seven Guardians and together they battle
the creatures of the night. Her one weakness is Carlos
who if he traveled another road would have been her
guardian but at twenty-three he is a powerful mob boss who
makes a fortune dealing drugs.
Fallon Nuit, a rogue vampire master wants to control all
vampire activity on Earth and to have the slayer killed
before her twenty-first birthday. He turns to Carlos but
before the transformation is complete he is whisked away
to the vampire council who will make him a master vampire
if he destroys Fallon Nuit and the Neturu Damali
Richards. He accepts the deal without signing any
contracts because his own goal is to protect the slayer,
even from himself and help her even though she discovers
what he has become and rejects him.
Make no mistake, all the vampires in THE AWAKENING are
evil beings who think of human beings as cattle. Carlos
is different because as he was turned he was praying and
so there is hope for him if Damali will give him a
chance. This is a fantastic urban fantasy tale and all
the loose ends will be tied up in the final book in this
series THE HUNTED.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 21, 2003